February 2, 2017
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Buckle Up-Phone Down
A safety challenge that can make a difference

MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging Missouri businesses and private individuals to buckle up and put their phones down.

Click to watch a short video about Buckle Up-Phone Down.
The Buckle Up - Phone Down campaign is tackling the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes -- or survive if one occurs.

First, drivers can put their phones down when they slide behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes, not only in Missouri, but in the entire United States. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that cell phones were involved in 2,237 crashes in 2015 alone.

Next, people can buckle up each and every time they get in a vehicle. Of the 938 people killed on Missouri's roadways last year, 684 were drivers and passengers of vehicles subject to Missouri's current safety belt law. A tragic 62 percent of them were unrestrained.

The hope is to get private industry to openly support employee safety, either through internal safety campaigns or actually changing policy banning cellphone use in company vehicles and making safety belts mandatory.  Read more here - Buckle Up-Phone Down.
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Call the right play: plan ahead this Super Bowl weekend

T his Super Bowl weekend, the only crash you should hope to hear is the crunch of football players colliding - not that of your vehicle into another. Throughout the weekend of Feb. 5, there will be numerous Super Bowl celebrations happening across the state.  Many of these celebrations may include alcohol. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges football fans to get their game plan established ahead of time: plan a sober ride home.

Click above to watch the short video about baby Liam's loss of life from a drunk driver. 

In 2016, 179 people were killed and 643 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved a substance-impaired driver.  "One careless act affects all of us," said MoDOT Director of Highway Safety Bill Whitfield. "Help save lives - don't drink and drive, and don't let friends drink and drive."

Sept. 3, 2016, was the day that 15-month-old Liam Kowal was taken too soon by the careless act of driving under the influence in a California traffic crash. A drunk driver struck Liam's stroller and Liam's 15-year-old aunt in a crosswalk, and then fled the scene - the collision resulted in Liam's death two long days after the incident. This sole action affected many lives across the country when the story of Liam and his family was shared in hopes of promoting sober driving.

Make sure this weekend doesn't end in another tragedy by leaving your keys at home if you plan to drink.  Designate a sober driver, call a taxi or use public transportation so that you, and everyone else, get home safe.

To see more about how Liam's story has helped spread the word, and for more information on highway safety, go to www.saveMOlives.com . You can also follow SaveMOLives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - #saveMOlives, #drivesoberMO and #ArriveAlive.
Fatality update

Did you know...
between 2012-2014 in Missouri, nearly one-third of drivers involved in a substance-impaired fatal crash, were between the age of 26-35.

Call a cab, call a friend, don't drink and drive - your life depends on it.

Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Jan. 29, 2017:

2017 Totals as of 1-29-17 - 51
2016 Totals as of 1-29-16 - 63
2015 Totals as of 1-29-15 - 62
 2014 Totals as of 1-29-14 - 42 
2013 Totals as of 1-29-13 - 50
2012 Totals as of 1-29-12 - 49

Have You Seen This?
Customer kudos for dynamic message signs

MoDOT uses over 250 dynamic message signs to share safety messages when the signs are not being used to provide important traffic information to motorists. New message topics are written each month to coincide with ongoing safety campaigns and seasonal operations. 
Customer comment: I am a truck driver, and I want to commend Mo. for their road awareness messages, like "blinkers - the first instant message" and the one that asks passers to give trucks room before moving back in front. Your state has been in the lead on these. We need more of this across America.
Safer Roadways
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270